going on AirDrop and sending random people random shit
Create narratives for the other travellers. Like, this guy’s a b-movie actor, he’s been the lead guy in a couple low budget movies. Nothing you would have heard of, but maybe one day they’l appear on YouTube as his “before they were famous”. He’s on his way to shoot another one, he knows it isn’t great, but figures that some screen time is better than none, right?
Some airports have slides (I think they are intended for little kids), but I like to ride them and jump out in a full run at the bottom and then sprint to the nearest gate and freak people out.
Walking around, determining how I would handle any given number of action movie sequences should any spontaneously arise.
Exploring, trying to see if the doors are open and see how far you can get without being caught. Works better if your spending the night or early morning.
Ya'll are a lot more creative than me. Last time I was at the airport I was there for like 12 hours and just walked around, and did shit on my phone.
Random side note: also found some weed someone ditched in the airport bathroom. Just remembered that. Lol
Spend time reading on my Kindle and looking around at the different kinds of people that I don't see outside of an airport.
If you have SO much time, I dare you to explore the entire airport.
Wait wait. You might have thought I meant explore MOST of the airport. I mean the ENTIRE airport. Okay.
Asking to page Richard Smoker to the white courtesy phone.
I have a travel watercolor kit in an altoids tin and I paint people and the surroundings. The best part is when someone wanders by and sees it and their face lights up! It’s like magic, I don’t know why, but people love seeing paintings.
Saying hi to my friend named jack and getting cavity searched by the tsa
First of all don't talk about killing anything or anyone in an airport
Talking to strangers.. sometimes the queue for checking in was too long so I just started to talk to someone in front of me or behind me.
I fly very often and I would feel so bad if there’s nothing to do while I’m waiting. By taking to random people makes me feel much better and I have made so many friends because of that as well.
If the airport has an underground train tram (*cough DIA cough*), I ride that a bunch. It's fun.
If I'm being honest, most the time I just creep a bit watching cute girls pass by, chuckle at people who don't travel often doing silly things, spend stupid amounts of time figuring out what I'm most in the mood to eat, etc.
On longer layovers I'll listen to an audiobook, watch educational videos, or work on a hobby (conlanging, creating a language, is my preferred airport and airplane hobby.)
On overnight layovers I break out my small camp mattress and make an enviable little camp site behind some chairs, and get pretty great sleep really.
I upgraded myself out of economy class for the first time just over a year ago. I spent a lovely, 12-hour layover abusing the facilities in The Private Room at Changi airport (actually I had a cold, so I spent some quality time sleeping and blowing my nose).
This year, I spent 50 hours getting from the West Coast of the US to India, enjoyed using the facilities in the lounges at LAX and HKG. I took a shower and had two full, sit-down meals at LAX, then flew first class including caviar service and champagne, then had a nap in a cabana and a bath in a tub and drank champagne and had dan dan noodles in HKG. It was the best!
So my advice is to focus on getting yourself upgraded somehow, some way, and all of a sudden flying will be fun again.